Penny J Kendall, ACC | Christian Life & Leadership Coach » Empowering God's Women to Live "On Mission"

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The weather was lovely, the scenery stunning and the surroundings quiet and peaceful; a perfect spot for our get-away where we intended to reflect and pray for the next few days. A short time after we arrived, my much-younger-and-more-fit-than-me friend and I decided to take a rare camera-free, timepiece-free, barefoot walk along the beach. We cooled our […]

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  • Lydia Newman - November 6, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    I really enjoyed this! So sorry about your bumps and bruises……and serious soreness. I am always amazed how our God teaches us……with a hug, a shove, a tear, or even a chuckle.ReplyCancel

    • pennyjkendall - November 6, 2014 - 9:53 pm

      Thank you, Lydia,

      Thankfully, I’m on the mend … with a few lessons under my belt for my trouble.


  • Amanda - November 7, 2014 - 2:34 am

    Sometimes…I always make things way more complicated than they need to be!

    Loved reading your thoughts, Penny…but no more falling in the rocks?ReplyCancel

    • pennyjkendall - November 7, 2014 - 9:07 am

      Thanks, Amanda!

      No more plans to fall on rocks. — I promise. ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - November 9, 2014 - 10:43 pm

    As I was reading your story today, I kept thinking.. this would be me. And at the end, the walking through the water, that would have been all those who were walking with me asking me why I chose the hard way around. Sometimes, the hard way is full of the lessons we need to learn, though, and the bruises and scratches add the character. 🙂

    Beautiful photos, though. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • pennyjkendall - November 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

      Thank you, Dawn.

      I have more than my share of character from doing things the hard way — smile. So glad God thinks we are beautiful with all our bumps and bruises.


  • Kelli - November 10, 2014 - 3:34 am

    What a lovely post! I love how God shows us His truths in the simple things in our lives! Thank you for sharing this with us!ReplyCancel

    • pennyjkendall - November 10, 2014 - 2:05 pm

      Kelli, God does show us truth in the most amazing ways doesn’t He? Thank you so much for popping in and for your encouraging words.

      Blessings! pennyReplyCancel

  • Susan Williams-Göbber - September 14, 2015 - 4:57 pm

    Yep so true, I love to make things complicated with my thoughts and worrying about simple things. I hope you’ve lost your colour and are feeling less bruised. Lovely pictures.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:40 am

      Thanks, Susan … I have recovered from my black and blues and feeling much better. I continue to work on making things less complicated than necessary. It’s a lifetime lesson. =0)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Black Polisi - September 14, 2015 - 8:16 pm

    Oh gosh, that is so true. I have a very bad habit of making things complicated. I love the lessons you learned and the reflection. Hope you are feeling better.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:41 am

      Wendy – I’m so glad this reflection resonated with you. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Gisele J Grenier - September 17, 2015 - 2:41 am

    Keep things simple, just relax. Life is to short to make things so complicated. BTW, that last picture would make an awesome painting!ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - September 22, 2015 - 1:42 am

      Awww – thanks Gisele. I appreciate that.

      Yes … life IS too short to make things complicated. Here’s to keeping things simple!ReplyCancel

Do you ever feel like discouragement and disappointment are threatening to take over? Do you ever feel like you’ve given your all and it’s never enough? Do you ever feel weary and ready to quit? That would be a YES for me!! Some days are just hard, aren’t they? Things said or done can make our hearts […]

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  • Sheila Yeager - April 3, 2016 - 5:54 am

    Wow! Penny, Thanks! Words do matter.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - April 3, 2016 - 8:16 pm

      Thank you, Sheila. May you be blessed, this day and always,with beautiful and affirming words!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - April 5, 2016 - 9:51 pm

    Words ARE important and thank you for saying so! I try very hard to be conscious of what I’m saying and/or how I’m saying it. I am not a negative person by nature, but I do confess I spend a lot of time deleting a comment I was going to post (usually political) because of the negative and divisive words. And sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly stubborn, I hit “send”.

    As a writer it’s sometimes hard to know when to “share your truth” and when to let it go because of how it might make someone else feel.

    Thanks again for your thoughtful words. Love you!ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - April 6, 2016 - 2:05 pm

      Jen, I completely relate. I face this dilemma at times as well. Sometimes showing grace means sharing the truth but I think the key is how we offer the truth and what our intentions are in offering it. Thank you for your encouragement and support. Love you too!ReplyCancel

They had worked all night with nothing to show for it. They were calling it quits and washing their nets when Jesus noticed their boats at the water’s edge. People were crowding around him to hear the word of God so he stepped into the boat that belonged to Peter and asked him to push away from […]

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HAPPY FRESH START in 2016! I don’t know about you but I’m excited for a fresh start in 2016. I don’t always do life as well as I’d like, so I sure am thankful for those opportunities to re-group and begin again. I’m ready to jump into 2016 with both feet and to keep journeying on to becoming the me I was meant […]

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It’s been a decade since my 21-year-old son took his first step into Paradise and I still miss him every day. The pain is not as raw as it once was but there will always be an empty chair where he belongs; a place in our hearts that can never be filled. Every day is hard without him but the […]

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  • Rach D - January 2, 2016 - 5:43 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss…

    This Christmas was our first without our grandmother (that I was very close to as we shared a common faith in Christ) and it has been hard at moments. For me, I’m still at the point where I don’t even want to “go there” when the memories flood in..

    Thank you so much for sharing bravely from your heart. I love how practical the tips are.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - January 2, 2016 - 3:04 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss as well. The process of grieving is a personal one, so take your time and ‘go there’ when you are ready. God will slowly turn your tears to joy and you’ll be able to visit those memories easier as time goes on. Even then, tears will flow … and that is okay! Blessings on your journey. May you feel the warm embrace of comfort from the Father as you miss your special one. Blessings, PennyReplyCancel

  • Katie Cole - January 6, 2016 - 9:18 am

    Christmas was hard for me this year because I lost my mom in July. I miss her every day and have so many Christmas memories that include her. I’m thankful to have siblings who miss her as much and we share memories via texts, emails and FB posts. Most days I have to “grieve invisibly” because no one around me knew my mom, and my husband doesn’t see the need for special remembrances like you suggest above. God has become my “memory sharer” and gives me cool reminders of my mom and dad and others who are already in Heaven.ReplyCancel

    • Penny J Kendall - January 8, 2016 - 8:49 pm

      Katie — I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. So many of us grieve invisibly. Isn’t it a blessing that we have a God who knows our heart and always allow us to share our memories with? Blessings on your journey, PennyReplyCancel